Badminton Horse Trials
Gloucestershire GL9 1DF
These internationally famous Horse Trials are held on the beautiful Badminton Estate of the Duke of Beaufort. Badminton village is situated about 85 miles (137 km) west of London and some 15 miles (24 km) north-east of Bristol and Bath.
The Estate incorporates several delightful Cotswold villages well worth visiting such as Little Badminton Village and Great Badminton. An area of 1500 acres (6 sq km) of Badminton Park is used to hold the Horse Trials.
Concours Complet International
Three-day equestrian eventing incorporates the disciplines of Dressage, Cross-Country and Show Jumping. Badminton is a 4-star Concours Complet International (CCI) event, one of only six in the world. The Badminton Trials are a massive event and superbly run over 4 days at the end of April or early May.
The most popular day is Cross-Country when competitors gallop around the Deer Park, negotiating challenging jumps and trying not to incur time penalty points. Visitors may walk around the course stopping beside each jump or if they wish, station themselves at one particular spot.
A popular venue is at the lake where the horses have to jump into and out of the water on their way round. Several of the jumps are within view of the Duke’s beautiful country house.
It is an exciting and great day out even if you are not a horse expert.
On-site is a massive trade-stands village, refreshments and bars, plentiful parking for private vehicles and coaches and even an airfield.
Badminton House & Gardens is not normally open to the public but the Badminton Horse Trials are a great opportunity to enjoy the Deer Park and get a close look at the Ducal estate.
Plan Your Visit
Accommodation - Search & Book through Booking.com here: External Link
This is a 'country' day out so wear sensible shoes and dress warmly in waterproof gear.
Disabled Access & Facilities
There is comprehensive information available at Web: Badminton Horse Trials/ Disabled Visitors External Link
Attending the Trials
On Cross Country day up to one quarter of a million visitors come to the Trials. With such a large attendance, obviously the traffic can be dense and many roads are subject to traffic direction and some closures.
The official website gives all details which relate to the event including purchase of tickets, getting there (with options), parking and disabled facilities. The box office opens for public bookings mid January each year.
Tickets can be purchased through the Badminton Horse Trials website
Contact & Further Information
Badminton Horse Trials External Link
There is comprehensive information on Web: Badminton Horse Trials/ 'Getting Here'
Google Map - Badminton Estate